Former NFL Receiver Golden Tate Takes a Crack at Baseball

If you haven't already heard, veteran NFL receiver Golden Tate, who played for four teams during a pretty good NFL career, is trying his hand at his first love, baseball.

On June 14, the 33-year-old Tate signed with the Port Angeles Lefties, a Washington-based team in the independent West Coast League, a summer league for college prospects.

Tate certainly has a baseball background, drafted in the 42nd round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks after playing freshman and sophomore seasons of college ball at Notre Dame.

In five games with the Lefties, Tate is hitting .263, going 5 for 19 with two doubles, two walks, three RBIs and a stolen base. Tate also has struck out five times.

“I am extremely thankful to the West Coast League and the Port Angeles Lefties for allowing me to join their league,” Tate said in a statement. “As some might know, I was drafted twice in baseball (also in 2010 by the Giants). As a child, my first love was baseball, so I’m excited about the opportunity to compete against some of the best young players in the league. I look forward to having a lot of fun and exploring baseball more.”

Tate hauled in 695 catches for 8,278 yards and 46 touchdowns in his 12-year career that started in Seattle with stops in Detroit, Philadelphia and in New York, with the Giants. He last played in the league in 2020.

Tate is signed on through the rest of the Lefties' season, which ends on Sunday, August 7.

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With reports

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